Saina Nehwal Joins BJP, Says "Wish To Serve Country Like Narendra Sir"

Saina Nehwal Joins BJP, Says "Wish To Serve Country Like Narendra Sir"

Haryana-born Saina Nehwal, 29, is a major acquisition for the party in the middle of the Delhi poll campaign; she is one of the most popular sportspersons in India with a huge fan following and brand value. She is preparing for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

New Delhi, January 29, 2020: Badminton champion Saina Nehwal joined the ruling BJP today and is likely to campaign for the party ahead of the February 8 Delhi election.

Haryana-born Saina Nehwal, 29, is a major acquisition for the party in the middle of the Delhi poll campaign; she is one of the most popular sportspersons in India with a huge fan following and brand value. A former world number 1, she has been honoured with the country's top sporting awards like the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and Arjuna Award.

The badminton player has won over 24 international titles. In the London Olympics, she won a bronze. She was world number two in 2009 and number one in 2015.

With her tweets praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Saina Nehwal has widely been seen to lean towards the BJP.

One of her tweets became controversial when it was found to be identical to several others in praise of a speech by PM Modi last year. Saina was trolled on Twitter with screenshots of the identical tweets. She was also among the sportswomen who put up identical tweets on Diwali thanking PM Modi for his initiative to empower women, with the hashtag #bharatkilaxmi.

The BJP roped in many famous personalities just before the Haryana assembly polls - wrestler Sushil Kumar, Babita Phogat and former hockey team captain Sandeep Singh. Sandeep Singh won the election and was appointed minister.

(Source NDTV)